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ChivalryXBurnabySince August 10, 2008Favourite List (5)60 Reviews
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Yoko Sushi1001 Austin Ave, Unit F, Coquitlam
A peaceful place to dine
Submitted Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 2:54pm [Dine in]

We decided to finally try Yoko on a Saturday afternoon since we drive by this restaurant very often.

When we arrived the place was quite empty. The decor is nothing special, but everything was neat and tidy.

We were happily greeted by the lady owner and were promptly seated. She gave our 14 month old a big smile and chatted with her for a bit before getting us some tea. As with most Japanese restaurants in Coquitlam, this one is Korean run as well.

We ordered a few of our usual dishes, chiraishi don, and a chicken udon in soup, so the munchkin could have some as well.

Overall everything was very fresh, and they used higher quality ingredients than other nearby Japanese restaurants. (e.g. sockeye salmon vs atlantic)

Service was friendly and you could tell this was a family run restaurant as it felt quite homey dining here.

Price wise items were a touch more expensive than nearby places, but given the differences in quality, we didn't mind too much. Portion sizes were quite average. One interesting note was with the Chiraishi don, she offered to refill the rice when we were done. Something no other place does.

Overall we enjoyed the experience, and it was nice to be in a quiet restaurant where no one minded if our 14 month old fussed during her meal. Certainly nice to have yet another option in our neighbourhood.

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Neptune Seafood Restaurant10153 King George Boulevard, #1130, Surrey
Quite impressed
Submitted Monday, May 13, 2013 - 10:40am [Dine in]

Working nearby, a few coworkers and I have been long awaiting Neptune to open.

We gave it a try about the 3rd day they opened. They have an entrance directly from the mall, as well as from the parking lot outside. Also they have a Wonton Noodle restaurant built into the corner as well (which we will try on another day!)

The restaurant was busy but not totally full at 11am on a Tuesday. We were promptly greeted and seated.

The restaurant is brand new, and felt a bit more modern than most high end Chinese restaurants.

There were just 2 of us, and we ordered a handful of dim sum items. Each item ranges from around $3.50 - 8.50. Not surprisingly there weren't many at the $3.50 range.

We ordered a few staple items like Shrimp Dumplings, Sticky Rice, Steamed Rice Rolls, etc.

Overall everything was fresh and tasty. Portions were average, but not skimpy.

Service wise, we've never had such good service. Tea pots were perpetually refilled, and they even changed our plates at least 2-3 times (almost unheard of for dim sum).

The bill for the 2 of us, after 6 dishes, was quite reasonable.

The one hiccup was when we paid the bill. It took forever to get our change, and one of the servers was scolded by the floor manager right in front of us which was a bit of a turn off.

Overall we were quite impressed, and will certainly return again.

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Sushi Oyama3055 Anson Avenue, Coquitlam
Just as good as Metrotown, less crowds
Submitted Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 10:50am [Dine in]

Sushi Oyama in Metrotown has been one of our favourites for years now. We were quite excited when we saw the "opening soon!" sign in Coquitlam since it's closer to home.

We've been to the Coquitlam location 4-5 times since it's grand opening and have found it to be just as good as the Metrotown location in terms of food. In terms of service it's actually quite improved with the ability to ring for a server via a button on each table!

Ambiance is a bit more updated than the Metro location, and quite modern. Booths and private rooms are spacious and less cramped.

Food quality we've found is on par with the Metro location, and the menus are identical.

Another plus is way fewer crowds. We've found almost any time we've come there has been ample room.

The only down side is parking is mediocre. The lot is small, and often packed with folks visiting other establishments in the area. There is limited street parking available as overflow though.

Overall we've quite enjoyed the new Sushi Oyama in Coquitlam and hope they're here to stay!

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Victory Seafood4500 Kingsway, #2216, Burnaby
Tries hard to be high end, but fails in all areas
Submitted Monday, February 25, 2013 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

We had our 100 day banquet for our little girl at Victory Seafood. We had been there on a couple occasions for Dim Sum, which was quite good, and reasonably priced.

A family member knows one of the managers so we thought, why not?

One of the benefits to this place is they can divide up the restaurant into many small private rooms. Great for small private events like ours.

We booked 3 tables and had our own spacious room. There was another group of 5 in the room next door, and the rest of the place was open for others for dinner.

The food in general was just ok. Not great, but not terrible either. A couple items we found a little on the salty side, like the fish and the lobster/crab dishes. The dessert (red bean soup) was overly sweet as well, which is saying a lot, because I like things very sweet.

The huge downside was the slow service from the kitchen. This was a 10 course banquet and after 5 courses, everything just stopped.... for an hour... We had one dedicated server for us who did amazingly well at refilling drinks, changing plates, etc. and even she commented the kitchen was not expecting so many people and wasn't keeping up. She went to "prod" the kitchen a few times on our behalf. Kudos to the server! Once food started coming again, it didn't take long for the rest of the meal to arrive. The meal did take nearly 3.5 hours though. Way longer than expected.

The venue is newer, but it's already showing some signs of age. The carpets need a good wash, and the washrooms... even by Chinese restaurant standards, they were disgusting. Everything else was acceptable.

Price wise, it was on par with mid-range restaurants. We got a bit of a deal since the manager was a family friend, but still we won't be returning for dinner again due to the slow food service.

Overall, good for dim sum, bad for dinner.

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E2 Cafe501B North Road, Coquitlam
Very satisfied!
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 5:49pm [Dine in]

We pass by this intersection often, and noticed the old Lulu Cafe had changed hands. If you read my previous reviews, Lulu was terrible.

We decided to give E2 a try to see if it had truly changed hands.

When we arrived, we were promptly greeted and seated in a nice quiet corner, as we had our 2 mth old with us.

The restaurant has had a few minor updates since Lulu Cafe to brighten and clean it up. The restaurant was clean and comfortable, and it didn't feel as cramped as it's predecessor.

The menu is a HK Style Cafe menu. They had a range of mini-sets for lunch, fried noodles, and appetizers. One item of note was the Fish soup with noodles. Very much like those offered at places like Deer Garden, it's freshly made soup stock with no MSG, with options for noodles, meats, etc. All the of set meals come with a tea or coffee, and making them into cold drinks is no cost (which we love!).

I ordered the fish soup with thousand year eggs, and parsely, beef tongue, and fish balls in rice noodles. My wife ordered the mini love birds baked fried rice.

All the food arrived quickly, and was very tasty. The fish soup was very refreshing, with generous amounts of thousand year egg, mushrooms, veggies and meats. The love bird fried rice was also very well done, but the portion was "mini". Enough for a small or medium appetite, but big eaters would probably still be hungry.

The drinks were just ok, places like Mui Garden make much better drinks, but these were acceptable.

The service was friendly and quick. The boss came by to check on us and to take a peek at our little one and to have a brief chat.

Price wise, it's pretty standard. Most dishes are in the $7.50 - $8.50 range. About what we'd expect to pay at other HK Cafe style restaurants in the area.

The only down side is parking. As it resides in the same strip mall as Sushi California, so parking is a premium. E2 has a couple reserved spots for themselves, but it isn't nearly enough.

Overall we quite enjoyed E2 Cafe, and will definitely return.

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Jimoco Cafe1046 Austin Avenue, Unit A, Coquitlam
Good pasta for cheap!
Submitted Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 7:41pm [Take-out]

After hearing from a few friends about Jimoco, we decided to give them a try since they're only blocks from our house.

I decided on takeout given many reviews say it's quite busy to dine in, in the evenings. The girl on the phone was very polite and professional.

When I arrived 20 minutes later, I was cheerily greeted by the cashier who seemed quite busy. The restaurant wasn't full, but there were some people still waiting to be seated.

I paid the bill, was kindly given the take out, and was in and out in under 5 minutes.

We ordered the Linguine al frutti de mare (Seafood Linguine) in cream sauce, and the Pasta Parma in tomato sauce.

The Linguine was great. The cream sauce was nice an thick and creamy, and there were scallops, squid, mussels, shrimp, and clams. The Pasta Parma was very flavourful as well, with chunks of chicken breast, lots of olives and capers. My wife quite enjoyed it.

Portion sizes are reasonable. Enough to fill up a normal person's appetite, and pastas come with a slice of garlic bread as well.

Price wise, it can't be beat. All pastas are 2 for 1 for lunch and dinner. Most averaging around $15.99-16.99. For under $20 our bellies were satisfied, and we even had a little left over for a late night snack!

Overall a great experience. We will definitely be coming back to try some other items!

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Hapa Izakaya1479 Robson St, Vancouver
Great place, great food.
Submitted Saturday, October 20, 2012 - 9:29pm [Dine in]

We decided to go to Hapa Izakaya for an early birthday celebration on a Saturday evening.

We arrived a bit before 5:30pm and had to wait a bit for them to let customers in. Not surprisingly with no reservation, they were fully booked. Luckily they leave bar spaces available for those that drop in (around 8 seats).

When asked what we'd like to drink we just asked for tea, but they also brought us some ice water.

Looking at the menu, we picked out a few items that look interesting to us. The Salmon Press, Ebi Mayo, Pork and Spicy Miso rice bowl, and the Fish Tacos.

The Salmon Press was like a salmon avocado roll, but pressed in squares instead. The Ebi Mayo was fried perfectly, and the spicy mayo sauce was delicious. The Pork and Spice Miso rice bowl came in a hot clay bowl, and they mixed in the raw egg when they brought it to us. It was nice and warm, with a little bit of spice. The Fish Tacos were a bit odd, as they were fish wraps, not tacos, but the fish was fried very nicely, and the jalapeno sauce had quite a nice kick to it. Everything was quite tasty, and our tummies were quite satisfied with just the 4 items.

Service was quick and friendly. They had quite a lot of servers floating around all the time, and tea and water were refilled often. I have to comment the floor manager greeting guests and keeping track of the servers was amazing.

The decor of the place is modern, but I found it to be a bit dark. Walls, tables and chairs were dark brown, floors and ceilings were black. Even the servers wore all black.

Price wise, it was a bit on the higher side. Considering they're tapas sizes, most items were a bit over priced. The one thing we found a bit upsetting was they charged for tea ($2/person!) which few Japanese places ever charge for.

Overall we enjoyed the experience, the food, and the service, and probably will come back again.

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All About Pho10190 King George Blvd, Surrey
Just another Pho place in Whalley
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 9:43pm [Dine in]

All About Pho opened early September new my office, and a few office folks decided to give it a try.

We walked in and were greeted promptly and given a booth. The restaurant is newly renovated. It's small, but cozy (used to be a 7-11).

3 of us ordered a few vermicelli beef soup bowls, and my wife ordered a dry vermicelli bowl with lemon grass pork.

The medium size soup bowl was standard size, but I found our usual Pho place nearby has more meat in it. The large size looked a bit better. Overall I found the soup base not up to the quality of other Pho places. It was a bit bland, and didn't taste like it was made from scratch.

My wife really liked her dry vermicelli bowl though, and said it was just as good as other Pho places.

Unlike some reviews on Urban Spoon, we were served in the usual fashion with glass tea cups and a glass tea pot.

Service wise, everyone was friendly and helpful, but it was a bit slower than other places nearby.

Price wise, it was pretty standard for the area.

Overall, we thought it was just OK, but nothing special. We'll likely be going back to our old Pho place in the future. I'm actually surprised they would open a Pho place in that location, given there's 2 others within walking distance.

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Spring Garden Chinese Seafood Restaurant832 12th St., New Westminster
Less busy place to have Dim Sum
Submitted Saturday, October 6, 2012 - 4:21pm [Dine in]

We hadn't been to Spring Garden in years. We used to frequent the previous restaurant that was here before them.

As we got up late on a Saturday and didn't want to fight the usual dim sum crowds, we thought we'd give Spring Garden another try.

It was around 1:30pm and the place had a few tables, but it wasn't super busy. Parking in the back was plentiful.

The ordering is by paper, and made to order, so for those looking for the old style carts, this place doesn't do that. We prefer it this way since everything comes out piping hot and fresh when you order (although it can take longer).

We ordered a few favourites, shrimp dumplings, chicken & ginger buns, fried fishcake in rice roll, pan fried red bean cake, and shrimp spring rolls. Everything was very good, and we especially liked the pan fried red bean cake.

Servers were friendly and quick so no complaint there.

The ambiance of the place is old. It really could do with some updating.

They do charge for tea here, and with tea and taxes it was just under $19.

Overall a pretty good experience. There aren't many choices for Dim Sum in the New West/Coquitlam area, so we were happy find one a decent one nearby. Definitely will return.

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Joey's Urban800 McBride Blvd, #19, New Westminster
Decor and good service don't make up for the price and food
Submitted Wednesday, September 5, 2012 - 8:49pm [Dine in]

We picked up a groupon for Joey's Urban and decided to give it a try when we were in the neighbourhood.

The place is in a nice little strip mall near the corner of 8th Ave, and McBride, by the Safeway.

The restaurant is small, but newly renovated and clean with a modern decor.

We were cheerily greeted by the counter staff and ordered a few items.

I ordered the cod and chips, and upgraded to a nacho urban poutine. My wife ordered the Joey's fish tacos with chips. We also added a couple of fountain pops.

We took a look around and the "sauce" bar is amazing. I've never seen so many types of hot sauce before, all with their own "HOT" rating. We wimped out and opted for plain old ketchup and vinegar.

The food can quickly, and was made to order. First impression "Lots of fries, not much real food". The cod for the cod and chips was tiny. 2 small pieces fried, together were marginally larger than a deck of cards. The fish tacos were a little better in size, but consisted of 70% cabbage, 10% cheese, and a very small amount of actual battered fish. The only redeeming item was the nacho poutine, which was reasonably portioned.

As for the food itself. The fries were plain and boring. The cod batter was hard (not crisp, hard) and the cod was tasteless. The tartar sauce was pretty much just mayonnaise. Even the fish and chips at IKEA was better... and bigger... and half the price! The fish tacos were better as the had a tangy sauce, but the texture of raw cabbage instead of lettuce was a bit odd. The nacho poutine was the only item we agreed was good.

The service here was decent. Considering it's pretty much a fast food restaurant the staff here were exceptionally friendly and even wandered by to check if we enjoyed the food.

Price wise this place is way over priced. For what we ordered it came out to $35 including taxes. For that price you could go into any casual eatery and get far superior quality food.

Overall very disappointed. Even with another discount coupon we would definitely not be coming back. Not recommended.

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Ruby Chinese Restaurant2228 McAllister Ave, #105A, Port Coquitlam
Quite the hole in the wall.
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2012 - 12:56pm [Dine in]

This building has been here ever since I can remember. Previously Skylar Court, now Ruby Restaurant.

We drop in to Ruby restaurant once in awhile because my in-laws like it, and it's close to their home.

Food prices here are cheaper than most (dim sum is $2.95 while most are $3.25+) and they don't charge for tea. The restaurant is quite old and dated, but clean. It's family run by a friendly couple.

Food quality can be iffy. As most commented, the shrimp dumplings (ha gow) are pretty much store bought and steamed, same as a pork dumplings. You'd find the same at T&T. Mediocre at best. The only one favourite we have here is the baked radish cake. Not many places have this item and they do it quite well. Since my in-laws come here often they usually give us a complimentary dessert (egg tarts or red bean pancakes)

Overall it's not somewhere we'd come normally, but it's not terrible.

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Cattle Cafe7348 Kingsway, Burnaby
Better than the one near Metro
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 4:23pm [Dine in]

We've been to the Cattle Cafe across from Metrotown many times. Its always crowded and busy, so we decided to meet up with some friends at the Highgate Village location.

Parking here unfortunately isn't great. There's only about 10 spots in their own lot, so many patrons sneak over to the Value Village parking across the lane.

This location is newer, cleaner and way less cramped than the Metrotown one. The menu and prices are identical. Service wise, it's about the same.

I ordered a fish soup with pork intenstine, and cuttlefish balls, and my wife ordered a chicken steak with black pepper sauce.

Both were very good. Their fish noodle soups are very fresh and msg free.

Service wise, it's pretty minimalist. Flag down someone when you need something, otherwise they ignore you. This location is less busy than the Metrotown one, so it's more comfortable to sit and chat longer. You don't get dirty looks to clear out once you've finished your meal.

Overall an improvement over the Metrotown location, and we'll likely be coming here in the future to meet up with friends.

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Tamarind Vietnamese Restaurant13784 104 Ave, Surrey
Great little family run place
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 4:17pm [Dine in]

My wife and I picked up a Red Packet voucher for Tamarind since it was close to our office place.

We popped by on a Tuesday evening around 5:30pm.

We were happily greeted and seated when we arrived. Looking around, it seemed like any other small Vietnamese restaurant.

We looked over the menu and decided to try one of their combos, and one of their pork with rice noodle dishes. When we mentioned the voucher, the waitress very politely asked if we could order a bit more (over $25) as they make very little off the vouchers. This wasn't written on the voucher itself, but since she was so nice about it, we added a calamari appetizer to our order.

The calamari appetizer arrived and we were a little underwhelmed by the portion size. It was quite small for the price ($6). It was fried very nicely and they used large pieces of squid, rather than small little calamari rings, which was nice. They came with fish sauce to dip, and pickled veggies on the side. Enjoyable, but small.

The pork vermicelli bowl was a pretty standard size, lots of pork, and 2 spring rolls. The great thing? They make authentic Vietnamese spring rolls. Not like most places that use wonton skins and fry them. They use rice paper skins and fry them, which adds quite a lot to the texture of the fried rolls.

The combo was a shrimp croquet, spring roll, beef wrapped in seaweed, and pickled veggies with vermicelli. Everything was very good, and very fresh.

The waitress was very friendly and helpful, and we had a nice conversation with her just before we left.

Overall we were thoroughly impressed with the food and service and found the food very authentic. (unlike many of the chain restaurants popping up everywhere) We'll surely be returning.

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King Sushi410 Sixth St, New Westminster
Newly renovated, decent food, reasonable prices
Submitted Sunday, July 8, 2012 - 8:44am [Dine in]

It's been a long time since we've been to King Sushi. We went there once 4-5 years ago.

We went there again yesterday for lunch since we were in the neighbourhood. There's shared parking with Hon's next door, or parking in the streets behind for free 1-2hr parking.

It looks like they recently renovate the whole place. New floors, seats, lighting, etc. Much more up to date, and very clean.

We were happily greeted by the waitress when we arrived, and promptly seated. Menu prices were very reasonable, with nigiri sushi in the $1-1.45 range, sashimi in the $1/piece range, and a bunch of lunch combos. Their lunch bento boxes were around $7.50-8.50 and you get to build your own from a list of items.

We decided to get a couple combos, and a BBQ salmon belly since it was on special.

The first combo, assorted sushi, was 8 different nirigi. It came with (hamachi) yellow tail, (Ika)squid, hokkigai (red clam), atlantic salmon, sockeye salmon, (ebi) shrimp, (tai) yellow snapper, and tuna. Overall everything was very fresh. The rice was well formed and lightly seasoned with sushi vineger. Very enjoyable.

The second combo was a mix of cooked rolls (wife is preggo). It came with a california roll, a shrimp tempura roll (think dynamite without the fake crab), and a chicken teriyaki roll. All the rolls were well formed, and cut nicely. Size wise everything was standard fare. Not huge, but not small. The tempura shrimp roll stood out as the most refreshing. The shrimp tempura was still hot and crispy inside, and they wrapped it with lettuce strips to give it a cleansing crunch. The chicken teriyaki roll was tasty, but could of used a bit more teriyaki sauce.

The BBQ salmon belly was amazing. Freshly made, it was crispy (not burnt!) on the outside, and very moist on the inside. Well seasoned and just downright delicious.

The service was great. Just one waitress, but she was very efficient at service the 4-5 tables that were there. She seemed to never stop circling the place and refilling drinks, removing plates, etc.

Overall we were quite happy with our experience and will definitely return to try more items they have to offer!

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Po King Seafood Restaurant5665 Kingsway, #150, Burnaby
Huge portions, cheap prices, horrid service
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:43pm [Dine in]

We come to Po King often as our family loves the prices and portion sizes.

This place is a zoo, even on weekdays, so if you plan on coming anytime after 11am any day, be ready to line up to wait.

The boss lady here is renowned to be surly, angry, and LOUD (Same owner as Big Lai, before it was demolished). Every time we come she certainly lives up to her persona. She certainly keeps the place moving though, efficiently moving people and keeping the table turnover rate quick.

We come for the food. The dim sum here is great. Everything tastes good, and the portion sizes are enormous. My personal favorite (Har Gow) is 20% larger than most places, packed with shrimp, and barely fits into the bamboo steam trays. Everything is fresh, and if you luck out, being seated near the kitchen ensures you get first dibs on everything.

They still do the old style carts, traveling around the floor, but you can always "order" items if they haven't come out for awhile.

Service wise... the cart servers are usually friendly, but the management and other floor staff are, for the most part, rude and unhelpful. There are stations around the restaurant where most just refill their own hot water, grab napkins, boxes, etc rather than wait or get dirty looks from the staff.

Price wise they on par with other "cheap" dim sum places, but they do charge for tea, which not all places charge for.

Overall, it's one of those places you have to try at least once. The food is worth it if you can stand the horrendous service.

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Nagano Japanese Restaurant254 Newport Dr, Port Moody
Needs a proper paint job!
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

We were in the area after an appointment in Newport Village, and decided to see what was available nearby.

We were craving Japanese food, so Nagano certainly fit the bill!

We walked in and were greeted by the strong smell of fresh paint. I'm not sure how long this venue has been opened, but it was a bit overpowering.

We pressed on, and were promptly seated in a nice private room. It was clean, but had obviously recently had a paint job... and bad one at that. Splotches of paint of the wrong colours everywhere.

We took a look and the menu was the standard Japanese fare with pretty standard prices. I ordered a california combo, and my wife ordered a Nabeyaki Udon.

The nabeyaki udon was great. Nice soup base, and the tempura that came with it was generous and fried to perfection.

The roll combo was mediocre. Nothing special at all. The fish was not exceptionally fresh, but was good. The california roll was bland and boring, missing the little zing in the mayo that some places have.

Service was reasonable, but not overly attentive. As most of the restaurant was private rooms, we needed to flag down a waitress most of the time.

Overall an ok experience. Food was nothing to really special, service was acceptable, but the venue needs to be redone properly instead of the poorly done DIY job. We're unlikely to return.

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Sango Japanese Fusion Restaurant110 Brew St., #5, Port Moody
Might come back if in the neighbourhood
Submitted Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 12:39pm [Dine in]

After an appointment at Newport Village, my wife and I noticed a "Japanese Fusion" sign near the development area around Thrift Foods in Port Moody. We figured, "Why not?" and gave it a try.

This place is very hidden, and unless you live or frequent this part of Port Moody, you'd never know they exist. The restaurant was nearly empty, with just one table occupied when we arrived. We were happily greeted and seated by the windows. Quite a nice place to people watch.

The decor is nothing special, just a plain westernized asian theme, with dim lighting for ambiance. Everything was very new and clean though.

Looking through the menu we selected a few items. Price wise, we thought everything was on the high side, nigiri and rolls averaging 25% more than most places.

We ordered a seafood udon, an appetizer tempura, and a dynamite and sushi combo.

The seafood udon soup base was wonderful. Not instant with piles of msg like most. The seafood was generous too, with chunks of atlantic salmon, scallops, squid, and shrimp. The appetizer tempura was fried crisp and not greasy. The prawn tempura was fried just right, and not overcooked. The dynamite and sushi combo was well rolled, and everything was very fresh. The tuna and salmon nigiri melted in my mouth, which was wonderful.

Service was prompt and friendly and tea was refilled often.

Overall I liked Sango, but did find the pricing a bit off. The food was very fresh and made well, and the service was good. We might return if we're in the neighbourhood.

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Sushi Elephant403 North Road, Unit #204, Coquitlam
Perhaps a White Elephant?
Submitted Sunday, December 18, 2011 - 11:43am [Dine in]

We had some friends staying with us, and we had always thought the name of the restaurant was interesting. So we decided to give Sushi Elephant a try.

Parking in that mini strip mall is always terrible, with the Pho 99, and the Insadong Korean restaurant, parking is always scarce. We lucked out with someone who was just leaving.

As we walked in, we were hit with a harsh bright turquoise decor. As we were seated we found the decor more and more odd. Pillars intentionally put everywhere (perhaps to give the facade of privacy) a mish mash of art work (everything from japanese to european, to women breast feeding..)

The server mentioned their specials for the evening (discounts on a few sashimi items) and we took a look at the menu. We were quite taken aback at the prices. It was probably the priciest sushi we've seen in Coquitlam! Everything was a good 20-30% more expensive than any other sushi place we've been... and we go to a lot of sushi places.

We fought the urge to be rude and just walk out, and ordered a few items. A few special rolls, a few staple foods like sashimi and tempura. The food was decent. Everything was well prepared and well presented and seemed quite fresh.

Service was reasonable as well. Friendly and helpful. We had to keep asking for tea though, as the cups they give you are more like sake cups, so one gulp and it's gone. Larger cups or a pot of tea would certainly make more sense.

Overall it was a mixed experience. The food was decent, service was good, but parking, decor and prices will certainly keep us from coming again.

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Posh6462 Kingsway, #105, Burnaby
AYCE Sukiyaki done very well.
Submitted Friday, October 28, 2011 - 4:34pm [Dine in]

My wife picked up a "groupon" coupon for Posh online. We had been to the Richmond location a couple times in the past and enjoyed the experience. This time we decided to try closer to home since they've opened a new location on Kingsway in Burnaby.

We made reservations for an earlier time, 6pm. When we arrived the parking lot was relatively empty, so finding a space wasn't a problem. When we left, however, it was packed, and their parking lot isn't huge. So be forewarned.

We were happily greeted by the hostess and brought to our seats. She asked if we had been there before, and explained how the ordering and menu worked. We produced the coupon, and she happily took it and let us know we had 2 complimentary drinks from the menu as well.

The restaurant is quite modern, and spotlessly clean. We were surprised at the large size and spaciousness compared with the Richmond location. Here you aren't crammed next to other patrons with a wood partition like Richmond.

We checked off items on the order sheet that we wanted, and picked out 2 drinks.

Servers were constantly around, so getting in the order was as easy as putting the paper in the air, and it quickly would be taken to the kitchen. The requested items arrived very quickly and were presented neatly. Everything requested arrived (unlike some other ayce places that automatically reduce orders making you re-order extras later).

Everything was very fresh, prepared well. Service was quick and attentive, with the hostess checking in on customers, and the servers whisking by constantly. Water was refilled in seconds, not minutes.

The ventilation system was also surprisingly efficient. You could barely hear it humming, but it kept the smell of food off our clothes so we didn't reek of sukiyaki when we left.

Price wise, with the coupon an excellent deal. $35 for 2 ayce meals, plus 2 non-alcoholic drinks, taxes and tips. Without the coupon it would have been around $20 more.

Overall very happy with the experience and we'll definitely return, even without the online coupons!

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Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The2991 Lougheed Highway, Unit 130, Coquitlam
If you want a steak done properly!
Submitted Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:50am [Dine in]

I hadn't been to a Keg in over 20 years. Mainly because I'm not a huge steak eater. We were given a gift card from a friend, so we decided to give the new Coquitlam location a try.

Parking was nice. They share the parking lot with the Bestbuy, so there's plenty of space.

We were greeted by 3 friendly staff as we entered, and were lucky enough to get the last table for 2 for the evening.

The decor is modern and new, but was a bit on the dim side. I guess some prefer the mood lighting. The bathrooms were a little worse, as they seemed quite eery in the dim lighting.

Our waitress was friendly and efficient, and gave us the specials, as well as details on how their menu worked. I ordered the Filet Minion meal, which came with a 7oz filet minion steak wrapped in applewood smoked bacon, veggies, and a side (I chose fries). My wife ordered the Prime Rib with tiger prawns, with a double baked potato. We shared a caeser salad. There was also complimentary sour dough bread which seemed like it had just come out of the oven.

Everything was amazing. Fresh, cooked to perfection. The filet minion almost melted in my mouth, and was seasoned just right. My wife's prime rib was also very moist and tender, and was excellent with the provided sauces (au juice and horse radish paste). The tiger shrimp were crisp and not overcooked. The tangy fruity dipping sauce for them was refreshing, but not overly sweet.

Price wise, as expected everything is a bit on the higher side, but well worth every penny for the quality of the food. Total for the 2 of us with no drinks, appies or desserts was $85. Not your regular night out, but certainly worthwhile for a special night out.

Overall very impressed, and will return again for another special day!

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